A U.S. Navy officer charged with hazing and maltreatment of sailors is facing a general court martial.
The Virginian-Pilot reported April 18 that the unnamed lieutenant commander is accused of verbal abuse and retaliating against a sailor who asked to stop being called Charlie Brown. Court documents say the officer told the sailor to carry a Charlie Brown cartoon figurine at all times.
Don't laugh. (Official image of Charlie Brown, created by Charles M. Schultz)
The officer also allegedly punched a chair next to a sailor and yelled at someone for more than an hour. The officer is also accused of lying about his actions.
The lieutenant commander is a reservist assigned to a cargo handling battalion in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
Military hazing has drawn extra scrutiny in recent years after a series of high-profile cases.